Book Review: Looking for Alaska – John Green

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268 pages
Published: March 2011
Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books
Genre: Young adult fiction

Synopsis:

“In the dark beside me, she smelled of sweat and sunshine and vanilla, and on that thin-mooned night I could see little more than her silhouette, but even in the dark, I could see her eyes – fierce emeralds. And not just beautiful, but hot too.”

Alaska Young. Gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, screwed up – and utterly fascinating. Miles Halter could not be more in love with her. But when tragedy strikes, Miles discovers the value and pain of living and loving unconditionally.

Nothing will ever be the same.

A vivid, passionate and intensely moving novel from internationally bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars, John Green. (Goodreads)

My thoughts:

Miles Halter, who used to be friendless, back in his hometown, Florida. When he started his new school in Alabama, Miles had finally found some friends in Culver Creek. Chip, or used to be famous with “The Colonel,” was wild, tough, and a little bit temperamental. He wasn’t only Miles’ roommate, but also his classmate. Takumi, a Japanese student, who has always been the last person that knew the secrets. However, he was the one who incidentally knew the secret behind those secrets. Lastly, there was Alaska. She was the picture of a young, wild, sexy, as well as a smart girl. Alaska was the star in Culver Creek with her famous pranks and her private library. “The Labyrinth” was the exact credit for Alaska Young. No one could specifically understand Alaska’s thoughts as well as the puzzles she left. That’s why it’s called ‘looking for Alaska.”

Looking for Alaska was incredibly written by John Green. Miles might be the one that led the story, but he was just the storyteller of Alaska. In different circumstances, spirituality was the book’s trait. It discussed Islam, Christian, and Buddhism quite often, especially about mindfulness and self reflection. Someone with philosophical thinking might be suitable to read Looking for Alaska, otherwise it would be dreary. The readers should consider his/her age since Looking for Alaska contains some mature scenes, such as smoking and sex. In general, It deserves 3.5 stars.

Since John Green put some philosophies, these are the most outstanding ones:

“If only we could see the endless string of consequences that result from our smallest actions. But we can’t know better until knowing better is useless.”

“I’m not going to be one of those people who sits around talking about what they are gonna do. I’m just going to do it. Imagining the future is kind of nostalgia.”

“We are all going, I thought, and it applies to turtles and turtlenecks, Alaska the girl and Alaska the place, because nothing can last, not even the earth itself. The Buddha said that suffering was caused by desire, we’d learned, and that the cessation of desire meant the cessation of suffering. When you stopped wishing things wouldn’t fall apart, you’d stop suffering when they did.”

“You spend your whole life stuck in the labyrinth, thinking about how you’ll escape one day, and how awesome it will be, and imagining that future keeps you going, but you never do it. You just use the future to escape the present.”


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